Woolies says yes to mod­ern mu­ral

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

ARTISTS have come to­gether with the Dou­glas His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to cre­ate a mod­ern-style his­toric mu­ral on the ex­posed wall of the new Woolworths build­ing in Moss­man.

Af­ter see­ing the ex­posed wall and de­cid­ing it was too plain, the so­ci­ety ap­proached Woolworths with a pro­posal for the mu­ral, who ap­proved the project which utilises a new art­form of per­fo­rated steel. The new style has been used in places like the Ade­laide Zoo and will be lo­cated on the Front Street side of the build­ing above the win­dows, as five pan­els of 4.8m by 1.5m.

Ken Keith and Pam Wil­lis Bur­den are co­or­di­nat­ing the project and Yalanji Arts and Dou­glas Art Base will pre­pare the art­work for the il­lus­tra­tions, with the so­ci­ety pro­vid­ing ref­er­ence ma­te­rial and photographs.

‘‘We don’t get the whole wall but even so we are thrilled they said yes and Woolworths are pay­ing for it. We will send the de­signs to Woolworths who will put it onto the steel pan­els,’’ Ms Wil­lis Bur­den said.

‘‘It will be fan­tas­tic and will re­mind us of where we have come from. The first panel will start with the orig­i­nal peo­ple, the Kuku Yalanji peo­ple, and the next one will be the set­tlers, the cedar cut­ters.’’

The Kuku Yalanji in the rain­for­est panel will be de­signed by Yalanji Arts, then there will be the cedar cut­ters, early Euro­pean set­tler farm­ers with horse drawn ve­hi­cles, the Mill and su­gar­cane, in­clud­ing steam trains and hand­cut­ting and fi­nally the Old Moss­man town lead­ing to Moss­man Gorge.

‘‘It will be a good tourism ini­tia­tive, good for tourists to see what the place used to look like and how it has pro­gressed,’’ Ms Wil­lis Bur­den said.

‘‘ Hope­fully now we have Woolworths on­board, we might be able to do more on any va­cant wall if peo­ple are in­ter­ested.’’

The artists met with the so­ci­ety yes­ter­day to start plan­ning and there will be a workshop next Wed­nes­day, with the project to be sub­mit­ted by Oc­to­ber 27. This is a dif­fer­ent con­cept forDAB who are rel­ish­ing the chal­lenge. The de­sign team are Jeanette Yarr, Ca­role Edel­berg, Deirdre White­ley, Pat Lane, Robyn Ken­dall and Ellen Ter­rell, headed by pres­i­dent Ali­son Gotts. The Yalanji Arts mem­bers are Ch­eryl, Kirsty and Vanessa headed by co-or­di­na­tor Jean­nie Heinartz.

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